Signal bars or dots?

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Signal bars or dots?

  1. Signal bars

  2. Dots

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  1. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    So looks like iOS 11 has moved back to signal bars. Which do you prefer?
     
  2. Susurs macrumors 6502a

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  3. Mlrollin91, Jun 5, 2017
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    Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    I got use to the dots. I don't like the fact that signal bars only have 4.

    edit for typo. Single -> signal.
     
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I am ok with either option. The true parameter is using the decibel reading.
     
  5. LordQ Suspended

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    Signal Bars. Is the Carrier hidden finally? :D
     
  6. JaJaWa macrumors 6502

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    Think it's to provide more space on the status bar as there's a chunk taken out the middle on the iPhone X
     
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  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    No, the carrier is always hidden on Apple Screenshots.
     
  9. LordQ Suspended

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    Damn... Thanks man.
     
  10. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    Bars! Dots looked weird and take up too much space. In tech support, it was rough asking "how many dots do you have?". Welcome back bars! :D
     
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  13. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Dots looked awful & take up space. Also, bars seemed like a uniform standard for cell signal. Glad Apple decided to go back.
     
  14. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

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    Either. I use actual decibels from Field Mode anyway.
     
  15. Justaguy48 macrumors member

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    This is by far the best feature of iOS 11. it brings back a bit of the "real phone" feeling
     
  16. macduke macrumors G3

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    Wasn't it five bars back in the day? By going to four bars, it's 24pts wide on the iPhone 7, vs. 34pts wide with the dots, or 20px narrower for those who prefer real units.

    Now if only we could get an option to disable the carrier at the top. "T-Mobile Wi-Fi" takes up way too much space and kicks the activity spinner to the right side of the display! It's ridiculous. I know what carrier I'm connected to. I only change carriers about every five years. All it needs is [bars][speed (GPRS/E/3G/4G/LTE)] and that's it.
     
  17. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    I like the space savings and the more classic look, honestly. Also the fact that it's four bars instead of five dots makes more sense; I can never use cel data successfully when I have one dot anyway. That first dot may as well not exist!

    I remember being annoyed when they switched from bars to dots. The dots just looked weird! I'm used to them now and they no longer annoy me, but it's nice to go back to the bars.

    One thing I wish they'd do (which they haven't yet even in 11) is to get rid of the extra "Personal Hotspot: 1 Connection" status bar you get when using personal hotspot, and just put the tiny hotspot icon with the number of users next to it in the blue status bar, which is what you see before you unlock your phone.

    It gets to the point where I get annoyed turning on hotspot for people because that extra status bar pushes everything else down and makes the interface wonky in some apps.
     
  18. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I've loved the dots since I first saw them in the WWDC Keynote announcing iOS 7. I really miss the dots.
     
  19. ThunderMasterMind macrumors 6502a

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    I like the signal bars because of the hint of iOS 6, but I hate the fact that there is only 4 of them.
     
  20. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    Bars are good, but I feel like they should be on the right side of the carrier logo instead of the left.
     
  21. deannnnn macrumors 68000

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    Why do you want the carrier hidden? It's important, especially when roaming.

    I'm happy the bars are back, the dots take up too much space, and everyone still called them bars anyway "I only have 2 bars in here!"
     
  22. s2mike macrumors 6502

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    Because they’ve switched to bars, the activity spinner is back on the left side...even in the case of “T-Mobile Wi-Fi.”
     
  23. PeLaNo macrumors regular

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  24. CaTOAGU macrumors 6502a

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    Some people live in areas where they could accidentally roam onto another network e.g. Some travel a lot and find it useful to know which network they're currently connected to.
     
  25. eddimax macrumors member

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    Dots are much better, this bars looks like android and its ugly.
     

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